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April 28, 2021updated 10 May 2021 12:19pm

Diageo opens ‘Highland Home of Johnnie Walker’ at Clynelish distillery

Diageo has completed the planned renovations to its Clynelish Scotch whisky distillery on Scotland's north-east coast.

Diageo has completed the planned renovations to its Clynelish Scotch whisky distillery on Scotland’s north-east coast.

The facility, which has been rebranded as ‘The Highland Home of Johnnie Walker’, is the second of four production sites for the blended Scotch brand to feature in a project costing GBP185m (US$256m). Renovations on the Glenkinchie distillery in Scotland’s Lowland region were completed at the end of last year while the group’s Cardhu distillery in Speyside and the Johnnie Walker Princes Street store in Edinburgh will re-open next month and later this summer, respectively. 

Clynelish now boasts an interactive story room for whisky tour groups, a modernised retail space, and redesigned bar.

“We are delighted to be able to open the doors to Clynelish and celebrate the return of whisky tourism as we begin our phased return to life pre-covid,” said the MD of Diageo’s Scottish brand homes, Barbara Smith.

Earlier this month, Diageo revealed its ‘Next Steps’ sustainability push for Johnnie Walker that aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for the brand by 2030.

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